Hall of Fame boxing writer Royce Feour, who covered the sport for almost 40 years at both the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found dead in his apartment Wednesday morning.
He was 79 years old.
The cause of death has yet to be determined, but Feour had been dealing with health issues for the last few years. Most recently, he was diagnosed with obstructive pulmonary disease along with a foot injury.
Feour was the recipient of the 1996 Nat Fleischer Award by the Boxing Writers Association of America for career excellence in boxing journalism. He was also inducted into three Halls of Fame — the Nevada Press Association Hall Of Fame in 2005, the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013. Feour was a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall’s inaugural class.
Feour was a graduate of Las Vegas High School and the University of Nevada. He covered all sports at the Sun and the R-J, including UNLV basketball.
But boxing was Feour’s forte. He was ringside for every major fight in Las Vegas from the 1960s until his retirement in 2004. Whether it was a world title fight at Caesars Place or a four-round preliminary at the Silver Slipper, Feour was there to report on the bouts for his readers.
Kevin Iole, who covers combat sports for Yahoo! Sports and was a close friend and colleague’s of Feour’s when both worked at the Review-Journal, wrote on his website Wednesday: “In the cutthroat world that is professional boxing, everybody has an enemy or someone who is out to get them. Royce Feour, though, had no enemies. He was that rare commodity in boxing, an honest and kind soul who was respected and liked by the fighters, the promoters, the officials and his peers. No one ever had a bad word to say about him and it’s why he is in a slew of Halls of Fame.”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank tweeted: “My condolences to the family of longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Royce Feour. A great guy and a fair and dedicated journalist.”
Other tributes poured in on social media. Feour had become active on Twitter the last couple of years, retweeting about stories he liked and reserving a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs. If there was a photo accompanying a tweet regarding a dog, Feour would be quick to re-tweet and add a message of his own.
Funeral arrangements are not known. Plans for a memorial service are expected to be announced in the near future.